4 bags green tea
2 (1/2-inch) pieces ginseng root (optional)
1/2 cup honey (or to taste)
Fill kettle with cold water and heat over high until steaming but not boiling.
Place tea bags and ginseng root, if using, in heat-safe pitcher or teapot. Steep for 15 minutes.
Remove and discard tea bags and ginseng. Stir in the honey.
Stir in the honey and enjoy!
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Extra: Sunshine Tea
1/2 cup china black tea OR green tea
2 tablespoons rose buds
2 tablespoons calendula petals
2 tablespoons lemon grass
2 tablespoons cut orange peel
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
Brewing Directions: Place 1 teaspoon loose tea in a tea ball or tea infuser. Pour boiling water in cup and steep covered for two or three minutes. Sweeten to taste. Sip and savor.
In a study reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism), plus also had a significant effect on fat oxidation. While some of the effects were originally theorized to be due to the caffeine content of green tea, the researchers discovered that the tea actually has properties that go beyond those that would be explained by the caffeine.
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